Work has begun on a new community park in Bodden Town, the Dart Foundation and the Cayman Islands Government announced this week.
This is the fifth of the district parks to be created as part of the Growing Communities initiative, the park will be named in honour of Bodden Town Justice of the Peace Harry McCoy Sr.
Located off Gun Square Road, the new park will incorporate a freshwater pond which is a sanctuary for birds and local wildlife. The landscaping will be very natural in style, with much of the original vegetation left in place, stated a press release.
‘Indigenous and native plants will be a predominant feature, as they tend to be salt tolerant and will thrive in the park’s coastal setting,’ the release said.
A signature feature of all five parks, a coral stone wall will mark the main entrance to the park.
The Dart Foundation is also carrying out restoration work on three of the existing parks in preparation for the handover of the parks to Government at year end. At the Captain George Dixon Park in East End, repairs are being made to the quincentennial wall and the original benches are being replaced with natural wood ones.
‘The plastic benches we initially chose were supposed to be the toughest available,’ says Camana Bay Nursery Senior Manager Andy Adapa who is in charge of the project. ‘However we have found even this material cannot cope with our elements, so we will switch to either cedar or ipe wood.’
The plant inventory has also been adapted to use plants that are more salt orientated and better suited to withstand future storms.
At the Jarold Henry Smith Park in North Side, work started this weekend to repair the restroom structure and playground equipment, while work at Scholar’s Park in West Bay will commence on 13 October.
The Harry McCoy Sr Park at Bodden Town is due to open in December with a family fun day to welcome the community. Further details will be distributed once a date has been confirmed.